Cognitive Thrift 16 – Choice
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
May 26, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: There’s also the fundamental right of choice. If you look at international declarations such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they have the right to not only pick their heritage and culture from which they come from; they also have the right to live as they see fit within that context and some people don’t wan that, and there’s no reason that it should be force upon them.
Rick Rosner: I think in the novel Brave New World people are divided into five classes. I think it’s a society that at least on the surface works efficiently, and when you start poking at it it is all scary and horrible, which is the point of the book, and there are people that decide to opt out and live on reservations without modern amenities, and we can figure as tech goes crazy across the next couple centuries. There will be the technical Amish.
People who to various extents shield themselves from technical improvements. People who decide to age and die across a natural span of 80, 100, 120 years as opposed to everybody else who prefers living indefinitely. You can imagine family struggles where you have a pair of 300-year-old parents and a rebellious kid who is getting old at 85, and refuses to take rejuvenation treatments or other forms of technical resurrection.
And how much strife there is going to be in that kind of family.
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